Cape Town Warnings and Dangers

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  • Warnings and Dangers
    by CatherineReichardt
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  • 1. Areas to avoid

    We landed in Cape Town and picked up our car rental. The rental agent told us to take the N2 west then the M3 south to our destination in Kalk Bay. It would take an hour to get there. Instead, as we...

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  • 2. Crime - theft

    I was in Cape Town for a month. My wife is still there, and will be for another two months. It is a beautiful city, no doubt. The restaurants are lovely. Some of the neighbourhoods are amazing. The...

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  • 3. Safety at night

    A travel companion was robbed of her cellphone in Long Street, late on a Friday Night. She decided to walk home to the Ashanti Backbackers ahead of us because she was tired from the days activities....

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  • 4. Driving / Car safety

    April 2011: Our ever-reliable Cape Town based correspondent Gerald_D (who doesn't write tips but is amazingly informative in travel fora) informs me that Main Road Kalk Bay has been closed northbound...

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  • 5. Hilarious.

    This is so hilarious. Poor people who are using this site for actual information are getting ridiculously misinformed! I've lived in Cape Town for 22 years and...

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  • 6. Watch out for that Tablecloth!

    Every self-respecting table should have a tablecloth, and so it is with Table Mountain - only in this particular case, the 'tablecloth' is a pall of cloud that...

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  • 7. Architectural monstrosities: the Tampax Towers

    Cape Town may be a strong contender for the most beautifully appointed city in the world, but its glorious setting hasn't protected it from the blight of some...

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  • 8. Beware of erratic closing times for some museums

    I recently had an afternoon free in Cape Town and decided that I would put the time to good use by trying to visit a couple of museums that I hadn't managed to...

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  • 9. Times to avoid visiting Cape Town

    Let me state up front that I am firmly of the opinion that there is never a bad time to visit the Fairest Cape. However, there are certain times of year when it...

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  • 10. A survival strategy for sleep-deprived children

    Every parent brave enough to travel with children knows only too well that trying to keep small kids in some sort of sleep routine so that they don't become...

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  • 11. Some ideas for what to do in bad weather

    The bad news is that of all the major tourist destinations in South Africa, Cape Town probably has the most unpredictable weather. The good news is that Cape...

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  • 12. We5Ad ???

    We5Ad ?? Are you serious?? You're wondering why you had a bad time in CT?? There's ppl living in deprived areas who can't afford to eat everyday, and you're...

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  • 13. In Need of Advice!

    I haven't been to Cape Town yet, but I plan on going this summer with a non-profit organization that works in schools in the townships.I'm posting here to see...

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  • 14. Update on R200 notes (and how to avoid them)

    Further to my earlier warning about fake R200 notes in circulation, the Reserve Bank has issued new R200 notes. However, these are very similar in design to the...

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  • 15. Don't accept R200 notes as fakes are rife

    At the time of writing (May 2010), there has been a big problem with forged R200 notes entering circulation recently, to the point where many shops and banks...

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  • 16. Stay in a hotel but don't rent

    South Africa has its own culture.Almost every sad story I heard had to do with tourists as well as the locals being exploited by landlords.Consider doing a home...

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  • 17. Crime, murder and rape !

    Unfortunately I have to warn you. You will have to watch your personal belongings, for theft is very common down here. Unfortunately criminality is a big...

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  • 18. Don't carry or have food in your pockets......

    ...when you visit Cape Point.We got out of our bus and one guy had a banana in his hand. Yes, he was asking for it - and got one huge shock when a baboon came...

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  • 19. Warning Signs at Boulders Beach

    Another Sign I saw at Boulders Beach was that people visiting the beach should check under their car when leaving to see if there is any penguins under the car....

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  • 20. Racism

    As a Black American Woman who was born when apartheid was taking place in South Africa, racism worried me. I did not experience anything from Whites, Chinese,...

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  • 21. getting emotional in the township

    You may get a bit emotional when passing the shacks in the townships. Seeing things on tv and seeing it in person is two totally different things. Especially...

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  • 22. Shark awareness whilst surfing or swimming

    In the last few years, the occurances of sharks coming close to the shore has quadrupled.When we last stayed in Fish Hoek we heard the shark sirens go off four...

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  • 23. BE prepared; improve your savvy

    Table Mountain is Spectacular, no snow, but clouds are its tablecloth;sometimes, if lucky a Rainbow.Amazing backdrop for the Mother Citygo to the various travel...

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  • 24. TABLECLOTH - CAPE DOCTOR

    The Cape Doctor is a local name for strong, dry south-easterly winds that blow regularly across Cape Town, especially during the summer. These winds can be...

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  • 25. Kids on Long Street

    There are often kids walking along Long Street that will come looking for money... be firm otherwise they'll keep coming back. They're not dangerous, but can be...

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Cape Town Warnings and Dangers

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Always be aware of your surroundings. It is a big city and petty thiefs will always grab an opportunity if you allow them. The mini-bus taxi drivers are not known for their safe driving so unless...

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